Annotation of the reading-book «External policy and security issues of present-day Russia»
The reading-book under discussion is the second extended and revised edition of the previous version of the reading-book «External policy and security issues of present-day Russia» (in three volumes), published in 1999. The reading-book has become a popular training and scientific reference material used at the Departments of International Relations and Historical Departments of the leading universities in the Russian Federation by the teaching staff, undergraduates and postgraduate students. It received positive evaluation by a number of regional universities and libraries of republican significance (including the CIS countries). Recommendations for a new edition and increased circulation have been submitted; a number of criticisms on the composition of the reading-book have been advanced with a view to their being taken into account when preparing a new edition.
The present edition has been designed with due regard for all the submitted recommendations and criticisms as well as keeping abreast of the recent changes in Russia and in the world, and considering the demands and salient problems of teaching Russia's modern history and the history of international relations.
The volume of the edition has been considerably extended, its composition has been reshaped, the conceptual approach to the selection of scientific and research publications has been upgraded and a more considerable assistance reference basis has been introduced (the chronological index, the authors' index, articles with analytical commentary).
The scientific and research publications have been selected with preference for the works of experienced professionals, publications in the prominent academic journals, although attention has also been granted to the papers prepared by relatively young scientists and teachers.
A number of papers developed by the specialists of regional universities and scientific and research institutes (Vladivostok, Nizhni Novgorod, Saint Petersburg) have been incorporated into the book.
The composition of the reading book has been discussed at the sittings of the editing board. The prospectus of the book has been sent off to all the leading universities and scientific and research institutes in the Russian Federations, as well as the affiliated institutions of the RAMI. Careful consideration has been given to all the received lists of proposed papers for publication, with preference for those, which in the authors' view addressed the most acute and general problems of Russia's foreign policy, as well as those covering areas of specific interest (regional science, economy, teaching materials for a course in international relations).
Volume IV has been supplied with the main documents adopted and ratified in Russia starting with the Belovezhski agreements. This volume is very extensive and representative in nature; it addresses various issues of Russia's foreign policy and contains the basic documents related to its international activity.
The total number of scientific and research papers (Volumes 1-3) is 95.
The total number of documents (Volume 4) is 85.
It is presumed that the reading-book under discussion will make a useful reference material for the training course in Russia's modern history and the history of international relations. A salient tendency nowadays is the students' growing interest in training materials of this kind, which may provide a complex and versatile overview of the development trends in Russia and the world for the past ten years. There is no analogous publication to the reading-book in question. It is of no less interest and value for the trainers, especially from regional educational institutions, as the latter often lack in regular and timely receipt of academic publications, and can afford to have only one copy of some journals per library.